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EFA Partners Arranges Debt Facility to Accelerate the Growth of Autobahn Indoor Speedway

November 12, 2018

Proceeds utilized to refinance debt and for significant expansion of the company’s venues

New York, NY (November 12, 2018) – EFA Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm focused on arranging capital and providing investment banking and strategic consulting services for entertainment, media and technology companies, announced that it served as the exclusive advisor to arrange a new senior debt facility  to refinance existing debt and to upgrade select venues for Autobahn Indoor Speedway, a leading nationwide chain of twelve family entertainment centers that feature the excitement of indoor karting and other attractions.

“We selected EFA because of their years of financing experience in the entertainment sector and because of their numerous financing relationships,” stated Michael Greene, CFO and one of the principal owners of Autobahn. “Like many businesses in our sector, we had grown via several loans on a site by site basis, but our new debt facility arranged by EFA consolidated our loans plus provided additional capital which we’ll use to significantly grow our business. EFA stayed with us and guided us through the entire process all the way through to close.”

Founded in 2012, Autobahn operates twelve karting venues throughout the U.S., making it the second largest U.S. chain of indoor karting facilities. The company offers a premier racing experience to hundreds of thousands of racers every year. From professional racers to novices out to try something new, Autobahn prides itself on offering a fast-paced thrill that is exciting for all demographics. All experience levels from 8 to 80 years old can enjoy high-speed karting, and there is something for everyone, from youth settings to team building corporate events.

The company focuses on providing real racing experiences, having high tech facilities, utilizing the latest in technology, and offering great customer service in a safe environment. It prides itself on the company’s core values: “Connect with Customers”, “Champion Safety”, “Think Young, Have Fun”, and “Grow Together.”

EFA’s founders collectively have over 75 years of experience in providing financial solutions for entertainment and media companies, including mergers and acquisitions, capital placement, and advisory services. EFA’s approach for Autobahn took the financing process from start to finish. This included preparing presentation materials for lenders, identifying and leading discussions with prospective banks and specialty lenders, recommending the appropriate lending partner, negotiating loan terms, and assisting in all aspects of the process through to closing.

“It has been a real pleasure working with the Autobahn team,” stated Ralph Willis, Managing Partner and one of the founders of EFA Partners. “They have developed a nationwide platform in only a few years and are now poised for tremendous growth by developing venues similar to Accelerate with its many attractions and full service restaurant. We look forward to assisting them further as they add attractions to their existing venues and selectively open new venues across the country.”

About EFA Partners

EFA Partners is a boutique financial advisory firm that provides investment banking services focused on capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and financial consulting services for entertainment, media and technology companies. Since its inception in 2009, EFA has been retained by over 140 clients, having arranged and advised on over $3.5 billion of financings in its targeted sectors, including advising and closing numerous sell-side transactions. EFA has a wealth of relationships from which to source capital including local and regional banks, national and international banks, specialty finance groups, equipment financiers, providers of mezzanine debt and private equity groups.

About Autobahn Indoor Speedway

Autobahn Indoor Speedway, founded in 2012, is one of the largest indoor karting track companies in the U.S. with twelve sites located throughout the country. Autobahn continues to grow with new venues opened in 2017 in the Chicago and Washington D.C. regions. The Autobahn circuit consists of eleven traditional karting facilities and one new concept venue, Accelerate, that includes karting, a large arcade and redemption area, video gambling terminals, and a full bar and grill. As the company continues to grow, management will be upgrading existing venues to include a full offering of attractions similar to Accelerate, and will also be selectively seeking new locations. For more information, visit Autobahn at www.autobahnspeed.com. 

Leading provider of digital media services for film and television

Background: Seasoned management team formed new film and television digital media services company and approached EFA to arrange financing for potential acquisition targets.

EFA Process: The company retained EFA to arrange acquisition financing and EFA approached several banks and specialty lenders.

Result: Closed debt financing to support two company acquisitions

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Television broadcast company owning and operating WGGB-TV and WGGB-TV D2, the ABC and FOX network affiliates serving the Springfield-Holyoke, MA market

Background: Initially approached by Gormally Broadcasting to arrange financing to recapitalize the company and fund planned acquisition growth. EFA became company’s sell-side advisor when industry changes and market forces made exploring a sale a more advantageous and financially rewarding strategic option for the company.

EFA Process: EFA was successful in securing financing commitments to fund a recapitalization and several acquisitions during the initial engagement focus. However, marketplace dynamics noted above resulted in EFA recommending a company sale. EFA provided a tailored, results-oriented approach from start to finish.

Result: EFA identified Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) as the leading buyer and managed all aspects of the sale, maximizing the sales price received for the company.

start quoteIt was a pleasure working with Dave Harrington and the team at EFA. Through Dave’s deep industry knowledge, relationships and marketplace expertise, we were able to maximize the ultimate value of our company’s broadcast assets. end quote

John Gormally,
Founder, Owner and President of Gormally Broadcasting

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Growing movie theatre company that provides an in-theatre dining experience with over 100 screens throughout the US

Background: Longtime client that initially approached EFA seeking junior capital to grow its business.

EFA Process: After reviewing the company's capital structure and growth plans EFA recommended a financing structure that would recapitalize the company and provide significant growth capital.

Result: Closed two financings that recapitalized the company and provided growth for new theatres. Studio Movie Grill remains an EFA client for M&A opportunities.

start quoteWe were delighted to work with the EFA Partners team on our second successful financing with them. Their wide range of capital markets experience, banking relationships and deep knowledge of the cinema and location-based entertainment industries made them the perfect choice to assist with our financing efforts, which support SMG's active growth strategy. end quote

Brian Schultz,
Owner, founder and President of Studio Movie Grill

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Television and motion picture post-production and digital content management services

Background: Company approached EFA seeking refinancing of its debt subsequent to other advisors attempting to do so with a combination of senior debt and equity.

EFA Process: After reviewing its capital structure EFA recommended a debt structure to fully refinance the company's debt.

Result: Closed senior debt facility that refinanced the company's existing debt, which was much more cost-effective than equity.

start quoteThe EFA team proposed a creative strategy to recapitalize Modern VideoFilm that met our needs in a way that was unique and different from what other financial advisory firms proposed to us. We appreciated their understanding of the entertainment industry and EFA's extensive financial relationships and we look forward to continuing our relationship. end quote

Moshe Barkat,
CEO and President of Modern VideoFilm

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Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's well established movie theatre company - with almost 300 screens located throughout the US

Background: Landmark approached EFA for an equipment financing to convert its screens from 35mm to digital projection.

EFA Process: While the company had many financing options given its strong ownership, its management was busy with business operations and retained EFA to handle the digital conversion financing process.

Result: Closed equipment financing facility utilized for all of its digital projectors. EFA led all aspects of the financing including negotiation of complex digital cinema conversion agreements.

start quoteEFA's unique knowledge and experience with film exhibition and digital cinema was extremely helpful in leading our financing process. Landmark prides itself in providing the best customer experience to its patrons and we are excited that this financing will allow us to continue that with our digital conversion. end quote

Sky Hansen,
Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Theatres

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Growing upscale restaurant entertainment company with venues that provide dining, bowling, arcades and live entertainment

Background: Company approached EFA seeking capital to refinance debt at its inaugural location in Jacksonville, FL.

EFA Process: After reviewing its capital structure and growth plans, EFA recommended a two-stage approach to provide development capital and equipment financing for new locations.

Result: Initially, closed a financing to refinance debt at its existing site and provided capital to develop two new sites. Subsequently closed an equipment financing for the new sites. Latitude 360 remains an EFA client for refinancing and M&A opportunities.

start quoteWe're excited to continue our relationship with the EFA team. They understand the location-based entertainment industry and have deep relationships with financiers as well as strategic industry participants, all of which will help us execute on our growth plans. end quote

Brent Brown,
Founder and President of Latitude 360

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Television industry management group formed to manage and operate US TV stations

Background: Huntington approached EFA seeking capital for potential television station acquisitions.

EFA Process: EFA understood that private equity firms and lenders are seeking experienced management teams to back for acquisition opportunities in the television sector.

Result: EFA has introduced the company to several private equity firms as well as senior lenders, resulting in bids for groups of television stations and the company continues to seek other opportunities, with EFA’s assistance.

start quoteWe are acutely aware of the trends that are transforming the local broadcast TV business and have recently begun to explore opportunities to acquire stations. We are very excited about the prospects for the industry and the opportunities to capitalize upon. We are also pleased to have EFA Partners as our financial advisor as their many years of media industry experience and extensive financial relationships will help us accomplish our goal of building a best-in-class station group.

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David Tynan,
CEO of Huntington Broadcast Management Group

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